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Splash Mountain Ride at Walt Disney World Sinks

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:02 pm
by ArchGuy1
Yesterday evening, some passengers on the Splash Mountain log at Walt Disney World had a harrowing experience as the boat started to take on water. All five guests left the ride without injury and the incident has been reviewed. The attraction has since been reopened and it is fortunate that no one was hurt in the accident.
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Re: Splash Mountain Ride at Walt Disney World Sinks

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:37 pm
by TSS
Huh... I didn't know log rides, or at least that particular one, were entirely free-floating. Most water rides I've seen run on a submerged track in a foot or two of water and are only allowed an inch or two of tightly controlled "float". I had assumed the log ride was uncoupled from a submerged carrier or tug only while it was going down the flume. I learn something new every day.

Re: Splash Mountain Ride at Walt Disney World Sinks

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:51 pm
by LittleFokker
TSS wrote:
Huh... I didn't know log rides, or at least that particular one, were entirely free-floating. Most water rides I've seen run on a submerged track in a foot or two of water and are only allowed an inch or two of tightly controlled "float". I had assumed the log ride was uncoupled from a submerged carrier or tug only while it was going down the flume. I learn something new every day.


Around the loading zone there is a track to move/stop each boat, but for the rest of the ride, there's merely guard rails to keep the boats from getting too far out of line, and the water's movement is sufficient to keep the boats moving. There is a track to get the boat over the edge of the big drop as well as along the drop all the way to the end of the splash zone, but then back to free floating water with guide rails.

Re: Splash Mountain Ride at Walt Disney World Sinks

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:24 pm
by ER757
Doesn't look like the water's deep enough to cause any issues for the passengers other than getting soaked. Certainly no fear of drowning if they couldn't swim, just stand up and you're fine :smile: